When Ford rolled out the Mustang for 1965, Carroll Shelby’s team immediately went to work building a road-racing version called the Shelby GT350.     The GT350 still stands as one of the pinnacle American performance cars ever built, and this is one of the “Winningist” Rs ever!   From The Brothers Collection. 
 
Bobby Unser 1969 Torino

 

 

Welcome to the 200th episode of Muscle Car Of The Week! For this special presentation, we’re sharing an exclusive interview with 3-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser recorded at the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Chicago featuring the amazing 1969 Ford Torino Pike’s Peak racer he drove to victory in 1969. The legendary cast of characters in the story includes Bunkie Knudsen, Smokey Yunick, Bill Stroppe, Holman & Moody, and many others, and Unser tells the fascinating story as if it happened yesterday. The car is a purpose-built stock car built by Bill Stroppe and Holman & Moody and is powered by a Smokey Yunick built Boss 429. Unser had not seen the car since ‘69, but he was surprised to learn that the car remains in as-raced condition today. He went on to share many stories of racing in general, and how to be a winner not only on the track but also in life, and a great recollection of a huge party after a winning snowmobile racing season! The display was a huge hit at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, and the car is a very special piece of racing history in the Brothers Collection. Enjoy the show, and thanks for watching Muscle Car Of The Week!

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Shelby cars have always been a part of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, and this year, they displayed and unveiled some awesome examples.  However, the MCACN show is not just about the cars, as you will often find the people behind the cars in attendance at the show.   We were fortunate enough to chat with Shelby Program Manager Chuck Cantwell and learn more about his key role in developing the GT350.  
 
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Each year, the The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals brings the hottest Muscle Cars and Corvettes from around the country for an amazing weekend show event held in Chicago.   The MCACN event features “shows within the show”, where themed displays showcase various significant cars or styles.   In this video, we take a look at the BOSS 351 Mustang display.   The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals coverage is presented by The Brothers Collection and Reliable Carriers, Inc.  
 
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This is one of those cars that sets your imagination on fire.   A long, Raven black ‘64 Ford Galaxie 500 that glistens like a prize fighter in the ring, with a heart just as big.   Ford was good at building big and comfy family cars, but they also did a heck of a job stripping them down into racing versions, like our R-code version with it’s 425 HP 427 powerplant. From The Brothers Collection. 

 

Mercury made 16 or so special '71 Cougar 429 Cobra Jet 4-speed convertibles that were used as publicity cars to create a buzz for the new model. They were all painted Metallic Blue with white tops and interiors, and this surviving specimen lives in The Brothers Collection.
 

 

 

 
The car-buying public thought differently of racing in the early 1960s, and the American automakers knew that cars that won races were great tools to drive customers to dealer showrooms.    You know the old saying, what “won on Sunday sold on Monday”, 
 
This 1964 Ford Thunderbolt from The Brothers Collection is a great example of such a machine, a car that still looked recognizable to the masses as a new 1964 Fairlane, but had the chops to get the job done in Super Stock drag racing.   
 
A lightweight chassis and tons of power make this 427 Ford Thunderbolt an awesome Muscle Car Of The Week from The Brothers Collection!